Arthritis, also called “joint inflammation”, is an umbrella term used to describe around 200 joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis, which cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in and around one or more joints. Arthritis is common among people over the age of 65, but can also develop in younger individuals. The symptoms of arthritis may range from pain to difficulty in moving, and may develop gradually or suddenly. The physicians who participate in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center treat various forms of arthritis. Shedding more light on the subject, in this blog post, we answer five frequently asked questions about arthritis treatment.
1. What all foods do patients need to avoid?
Arthritis patients are advised to avoid fried and processed foods, sugars and refined carbs, dairy products, alcohol and tobacco, salt and preservatives, and oils high in omega-6 fatty acids. All such foods may trigger joint pain and aggravate the symptoms. Doctors suggest including anti-inflammatory foods such as green vegetables, nuts, and fatty fish in the diet.
2. Which are the most effective medicines?
Common painkillers for arthritis include acetaminophen, anti-Inflammatory painkillers, steroids, and other prescription drugs. Newer medicines include biologics – drugs manufactured from certain living organisms or contain components of living organisms. Biologics may have some side-effects, but prove effective than traditional medicines.
3. Is there any long-term treatment for Arthritis?
There are various long-term treatments available for Arthritis, which can be tailored to suit the individual needs of patients. Some of the treatments include drug therapy, involving medicines such as painkillers, NSAIDs, steroids, physical therapy, and disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. If nonsurgical methods do not provide relief, the patient may be a candidate for surgery.
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4. What are the surgical treatments for Arthritis?
If arthritis is causing chronic pain or disability, the doctor may recommend various surgical treatment options, depending upon the part of the body affected by arthritis. Some of the surgical options include arthroscopy, synovectomy, osteotomy, and total joint replacement.
5. Is Arthritis preventable?
There is no way to prevent arthritis, however, there are things you can do to reduce your risk and delay the onset of arthritis. If your arthritis is genetic, then there are no means to prevent the symptoms of arthritis, but provide relief through medications. Arthritis caused by accidents can be prevented by being cautious and adhering to safety regulations.
Consult an Arthritis Expert, Today!
If you or a loved one has arthritis and is struggling with the associated arthritis pain and difficulty in movement, waste no time in consulting an arthritis expert. We can connect you with experienced participating orthopedic surgeons in Plano or nearby areas. To learn more about how we can help, fill out our contact form and we will take it from there. Alternatively, simply call 888 608 4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.